Given the warm weather in Florida, some of the most common leisure activities that people indulge in involves the water and boats. Unfortunately, with these activities comes the danger that there will be an accident. In many of these, it will end in a fatal boating accident. In addition to the loss of a loved one, those who are left behind will have the come to grips with the loss of companionship and financial ramifications of a loved one’s untimely death. It is in these situations when it is imperative to speak to an attorney about a lawsuit to receive compensation.
Like a car crash, a boat accident can be the result of negligence, recklessness and substance use. Boaters who are under the influence can be just as dangerous and deadly as a drunk driver in a car. They might fail to see people swimming, water skiing, jet skiing or other boaters. Because there are not often law enforcement officers stationed on the water watching every boater that goes by, it can be difficult to show that there were negligent and reckless behaviors occurring. This is why it is key to have legal help right after the accident.
Other factors can be in play with a boat accident. If, for example, there was a defect with the boat or it was improperly designed, that can be the basis for a legal filing as well. To prove it, it is necessary to have people experienced in reconstructing accidents and understanding the engineering involved with boats before going forward with a case.
Those who were injured or lost a loved one in a boat accident need to make certain their rights are protected from the time of the accident and beyond. Speaking to a lawyer experienced — like those at our firm — in helping Florida clients with a wrongful death case is the first step to filing a claim.